Trinity Baptist Church (TBC) Ghana and London has put up what is probably one of the country’s biggest and finest charity homes at an estimated cost of US$2million plus at Ayensudo in the Central Region to care for and provide hope for needy children in the region.
Hope Centre, as the home is called, was the vision of the Founder and Leader of the church, Rev. Dr. Kingsley Appiagyei and his wife, Pastor Cynthia Appiagyei, but was delivered with the financial support of the church, its individual members, and other partners here and abroad.
The centre currently has two homes housing three resident families, a nursery and primary school blocks, a clinic, a fully furnished computer lab, a well stuffed library, a church, a recreation centre and an administrative block on site a 23 acre land donated by the chiefs and people of Ayensudo.
It currently houses 17 resident orphans and needy children, but runs various programs that takes for of over 250 others in the entire Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirem (KEEA) district.
In an exclusive interview with Adom News, Pastor Cynthia Appiagyei said the home was made ready in August, 2008, but the vision was conceived about 10 years before then, except it was not easy choosing a location for the home.
She said the vision, as was shown to Pastor Kingsley Appiagyei, was based on the Jesus’ own charge for Christians to care for the hungry, thirsty, sick, prisoners and the poor in general, adding that “we believe as Christians we are the hand of Jesus bringing salvation and provision to the poor.”
“Pastor Kingsley was finally touched by a UN Report that the Central Region of Ghana was the second poorest in the country and had an overwhelming number of orphans and child poverty in Ghana.
The Report, according Pastor Cynthia, said many of those children included babies of teenage mothers, babies abandoned in hospitals due to poverty or loss of parents from illness including HIV and AIDS, and several children from the region were being used as divers at sea and in other waters of the country.
Pastor C, as she is affectionately called, said the passion behind Hope Centre was therefore to provide a place, not just to care for orphaned, needy and abandoned children, but to give them hope for the future on a long-term basis.
“We are glad that when we approached the people of Ayensudo for this project they welcomed us with open arms and today we have this facility in this very needy area providing hope of a better future for several children and even some adults,” she said.
According to her, some of the resident children had been at the home since they were babies and it is exciting to see that some of them are now six years old and are in school and doing well.
Pastor C assured Ghanaians of the visionary’s commitment to turning the centre into a place that provides hope for needy persons from across the country.
Meanwhile, in August of every year, the church visits the area with relief items, which benefits practically thousands of child and adults.
This year the church distributed more than 500 of the 5kg bags of rice, milk, canned fish and 20 bales of clothes both children and adults.
They also announced scholarships for 15 children in Ayensudo from nursery to primary level, plus two other scholarship for two children who have qualified for the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The centre also gives full scholarships to all 17 resident children at the centre and bursaries to all needy children within the KEEA district.
Resident Pastor of TBC, Ghana, Rev. Reuben Asare leads the team to distribute food to the people
Thousands of children in queue for benefits from the benevolence of TBC Hope Centre
Meanwhile, the church has also established the Hope Academy, which is a Junior Secondary School in the area, ready to take off next month.
Administrator of the Academy and Centre, Roberta Esi Arthur told Adom News the school plans to start with 80 pupils but so far they have 26 and are interviewing many others.
She said beyond the 17 children the centre currently houses, it also supports 250 more children in the community with the assistance of Compassion International.
She said the vision of the Hope Centre is to provide quality education, family lives and homes for the children who, through no fault of theirs, find themselves in abject poverty.
“Our core mission at THC is to develop support programs that will restore hope to those marginalized and less privileged within our communities,” Roberta Arthur said.
The Centre upholds strong Christian values, high quality education, pastoral care, discipline, building confident children and vibrant learning environment as it core values in bringing up the needy children.
Akona Abusuapayin Kwamena Atwi of Kanka (Dutch Komenda) told was full of praise of the church for the Hope Centre, Hope Academy and a newly proposed church building in the community, plus the scholarship that church gives to needy children in the area.
He was particularly glad that the area would in the near future boast of scholars and well educated citizens, who would help developed communities in the district.
Abusuapayin Atwi also thanked the church for the annual relief items they distribute to the people of the area.
Meanwhile, one time MP for KEEA, and leader of the Progressive People’s Party, Papa Kwesi Ndoum was present to grace the occasion.
Rev. Kingsley Appiagyei (in white shirt) and Papa Kwesi Nduom share a thought at the Hope Centre